Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Trainer's Edge - Killer Abs and Back with Michael Olajide|
Actor: Michael Olajide
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
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Very good, unique program mixes cardio and toning work
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 05/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Killer Abs and Back is a program which focuses on strengthening the core area of the body, namely your abdominals and back. Instructor Michael Olajide begins with a few minutes of some simple stretches (these days, it is usually considered a no-no to stretch the muscles without first warming them up). The cardio warm-up comes next, which consists of several minutes of high-impact moves wuch as jogs, knee-ups, and jumping jacks; I found myself modifying with marches here. Michael then moves into the core cardio work, which was thankfully low-impact. The moves are deceptively easy-looking: there are a lot of kickboxing-type moves such as twists, knee lifts, and punches, but they are performed at such a fast past as to make them quite challenging. Furthermore, Michael adds light dumbbells to some of the twists, which further increases the difficulty level; I found myself doing some of the moves at a slower pace rather than trying to keep up with Michael's double and triple time. At one point, a body bar is used for balance, but you could easily go without. This section of the standing work was about 18 minutes long, and the time went by very quickly. To finish off the cardio, there is a short (4 minutes) but intense jumprope segment. I did this section without the rope, but I still really felt it, especially because you're again doing high-impact moves. Before moving to the floor, I liked that Michael took just a few minutes to allow the heart rate to slowly lower back to normal.
In the 13-minute floor segment, Michael continues to combine traditional exercises with more unique moves. He begins with some basic crunches but does several variations with a high number of repetitions (usually 32, but he sometimes cheats and adds extra!). Michael adds ankle weights for just a single exercise (which I found to be a bit cumbersome): it's sort of like a Pilates teaser move in which you raise and lower one leg and then come up into a v-sit position; he then does a full v-sit move similar to a full Pilates teaser. The floor work finishes with a particularly difficult move in which you lie flat (supporting yourself with your hands under your buttocks), raise your head and shoulders, lower your legs to close to the floor, and then move your legs up and down in small range of motion. This was VERY challenging, especially since Michael performs MANY repetitions; I had to take breaks and substitute Pilates toe taps instead. Michael ends the program with a few minutes of seated stretches, bringing the entire workout in at about 40 minutes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this workout: I thought it was a nice blend of cardio and toning work, and at just 40 minutes, I know I'll be able to fit it in often. Although there didn't seem to be much work specific to the back, I felt it in my lats the next day as well as deep in my abdominal area. One thing I did not like is the way that Michael kept taking breaks from doing the exercises himself in order to instruct his two female background exercisers; he makes jokes about doing this, but I would have preferred to be able to watch him working the entire time. However, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this video to anyone looking for some unique core work."
Thank you, everyone
Michael Olajide Jr. | ny, ny United States | 04/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i would like to thank all of you for the gracious review of the Killer Abs and Back workout. I found myself reading them intently becuase there is nothing like listening to honest critique to better your product for the people who purchase it! I created it with the intent of it being a energetic and challenging workout and i am honored with everyone's knowledgable reviews. 2 things I would like to answer, The audio was laid down in post production which is why the queing is a little off and sometimes rhythimically things dont line up... I am sorry for that... #2, in 1992 I created Aerobox in NYC, recieved positive national/international review on major media outlets like goodmorning america, usa today and in 1994 did the Aerobox workout video with Kathy Smith... which featured punching patterns (punching across, hooks, uppercuts, etc) and jump rope. In 1996 or so, Tae-bo came out (more power to them) and their punching/kicking routines. reviewer Skaitey writes that my patterns were similar to tae bo's when in reality, it is the opposite... no hard feelings, i just wanted to set the record straight, I guess I am a little sensetive to that, but I do want to put out high quality/original programming for you all. Smile... If ya'll like the trainer's edge, wait till you experience what we have on the way... Thanx again everyone, peace and love, Michael"
Great workout very similar to tae bo
M. Parra | USA | 04/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I won't deny, this is a great workout, great abs sections and aerobics/jumping sections.
What I like about this workout is that it mixes tae bo type moves (such as twists and knee lifts) with some pilates moves, which makes the abs sections even tougher! and it is what I usually do: tae bo and pilates!
Overall a great workout for the abs!!
I would also encourage people to check out the Tae Bo "ultimate abs" video and the mtv pilates dvd. Both amazing abs workouts!!"
Linda D. Robinson | Illinois | 02/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"He is the REAL DEAL...and yes you feel it....incorporate this into your other cardio and strength workout you will feel the difference in your abs and back in no time...."